Update (1700ET): Friday’s press briefing was surprisingly routine, with Trump discussing well-tread timelines for when the public can expect various vaccines and treatments to be publicly available. However, he also took the opportunity to kvetch about how Pfizer, which is leading the race to produce the first FDA-approved vaccine, actually had taken Operation Warp Speed money despite executives (and the media’s) claims that OWS money had nothing to do with the Pfizer vaccine’s development (to be sure, OWS struck a $2 billion deal to buy vaccines from Pfizer, which surely made it easier for the company to commit the vast resources it needed for the development process).
However, the highlight that the MSM latched on to was a brief moment where Trump seemed to – for the first time – suggest that he may not have won the election. After again vowing that he wouldn’t pursue another lockdown, he said he couldn’t say the same for
“This administration will not be going to a lockdown. Hopefully, the — whatever happens in the future, who knows which administration it will be, I guess time will tell, but I can tell you this administration will not go to a lockdown,” he said.
That acknowledgment from Trump comes after a handful of setbacks in the campaign’s efforts to challenge the vote counts.
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Speaking about COVID-19 for the first time since the Nov. 3 election, President Trump is scheduled to hold a briefing at 1600ET to discuss “Operation Warp Speed”.
Given the fact that Pfizer published its “light at the end of the tunnel” COVID-19 vaccine results the Monday after the election, we imagine President Trump might have a few words for them.
Of course, after an ugly day of losses in the election litigation, there is an outside chance Trump might concede, but we suspect the combination of tomorrow’s MAGA March and the fact that the SCOTUS route is still open in PA, this is far from over.